Sunday, October 9, 2016

Fuller's ESB (2016 re-review)


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20ChadPolenz (1693) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2016


2015 BJCP Category: 11C Strong Bitter

AROMA: Sweet nose of amber malt, red apple, some butterscotch (acceptable). Floral hops quite strong. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Polished copper hue; mostly clear. Small off-white head. 3/3

FLAVOR: Bready/biscuity malt profile with moderate sweetness. Slight caramel or candy apple flavor is accentuated by a confectionery taste on the back end. Hop presence is medium-low; some floral character and supportive bitterness for balance. Minor lingering dry hops/starch. No alcohol presence. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; moderate carbonation. Smooth and quaffable. Bit too heavy at 5.9% 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Classic British pub ale that holds up after all these years for good reason. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 43/50

NOTE: I am a rank-pending BJCP judge. I am reviewing commercial beer to BJCP specs to hone my judging skills.

Read and watch my 2010 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2010/11/fullers-esb-extra-special-bitter-chadz.html